Written especially for parents, Growing Readers (formerly Ed Extras) provides monthly tips for raising strong readers and writers. Schools and PTAs can add these preformatted briefs to their parent newsletters. Growing Readers is also a great resource for libraries and community literacy organizations. The one- or two-page articles are available as a PDF in both English and Spanish.
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Supporting Very Young Writers
We've archived all of our past Growing Readers articles by topic:
Nursery Rhymes: Not Just for Babies!
Finding and Sharing Great Kids' Books
Rediscover Your Public Library
Early literacy development
Tips for Teaching Your Child About Phonemes
Simple Yet Powerful Things to Do While Reading Aloud
Good Night, Sleep Tight: Preschoolers and Sleep
How to Read With a Squiggly Baby (or Toddler!)
Does My Preschooler Have Delayed Development?
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: Math and Literacy for Preschoolers
Building Your Child's Vocabulary
Handwriting: What's Normal, What's Not
Beginning Readers: Look! I Can Read This!
Emergent Readers: Look! That's My Letter!
Families and schools
Supporting the Common Core Writing Standards
How Parents Can Support the Common Core Reading Standards
Children and Digital Media: Rethinking Parent Roles
Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Lessons: What Does It Mean for Parents?
When to Call Your Child's Teacher
Choosing a Preschool
Listen and Look at Back-to-School Night
Preparing Your Child for Testing
The Parent-Teacher Conference (Pre-K)
The Parent-Teacher Conference
Literacy activities for the family
Getting the Most Out of Nonfiction Reading Time
Mission Critical: Reading Together to Build Critical Thinking Skills
Use a PEER When You Read Aloud
Picture This! Using Mental Imagery While Reading
Playing with Word Sounds: Stretch and Shorten
The Night Before the Museum
Grocery Store Literacy for Preschoolers
Grocery Store Literacy
Developing Writing and Spelling at Home
Reading for Meaning with Your Child
A Fresh Look at Your Home Library
Playing with Words
Creating a Home Library
The Role of Fathers in Their Child's Literacy Development: Pre-K
The Role of Fathers in Their Child's Literacy Development: K-3
Developing Writing and Spelling at Home: Pre-K
Making Reading Relevant: Read, Learn, and Do! (K-3)
Making Reading Relevant: Read, Learn, and Do! (Pre-K)
Reading Aloud to Build Comprehension
Writing and Spelling Ideas to Use with Kids
Back-to-School, for Parents!
Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?
Easing Into Preschool
Easing Back Into School
Ready to Read
Five Literacy-Based Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Your Child
Start the New Year Off Right: Resolve to Raise a Reader!
Creating Holiday Learning Traditions
Learning That's Hands-On Holiday Fun (Pre-K)
New Year's Resolution: Help Your Kids Do Great in School
Summer Learning, Side-by-Side
Use Summer Fun to Build Background Knowledge
Take a Break, but Bring a Book!
Struggling readers and learning disabilities
Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision
Successful Transition to Kindergarten for Learners Who May Be at Risk for Learning Disabilities
Recognizing Reading Problems
Common Signs of Dyslexia
Developing Research and Information Literacy
Share What You Discover! Publishing Your Work
Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Recording Observations: Capturing and Sharing Images
Recording Observations: Journals and Field Notes
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